computers 060a (Mobile)Way back in the early days of the Internet, one of the easiest ways to get a website online was to host it at your own location. The Internet was rather small at that time, however, so it was relatively easy to have enough processing power and bandwidth to serve even a medium or large site according to mid-1990s standards. Still, not many people knew how to host their own web server at their house. Today, even less people go this route. While it is still possible, there are quite a few reasons for not doing it.

Reasons Not to Host at Home:

  • Bandwidth – While you may be able to get away with hosting a small website out of your home using home or business class DSL or cable, chances are you’re going to eventually get caught and be asked to stop. Most residential and small business ISPs limit the upload speed, which makes it a little harder to serve a modern, active website.
  • Security – While you may be the best Internet security person you know, having to deal with a server in your bedroom or garage can get tiring, especially if you worry about things like back-up power and other redundancies to keep you up and running no matter what.

These are just a couple of the reasons not to host your website at your house. Now, I know that there is going to be people out there saying, “well, I did it, and this is how.” And that’s good. Maybe they’ll leave a comment and share some knowledge with the web hosting newbs.

For most people these days – even those that know what they’re doing – it just makes more financial sense to host your websites as part of a large server farm somewhere. While someday you may be big enough to have your own dedicated server farm, if you’re starting out, hosting with a well known company is your best bet.